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30 Aug 2012 21:26

Bala Verde wrote:Rapha is the high end, mutton chops accessory par excellence.



No, no, it's Fred Perry par Bradley Wigans

Here is a picture of Wigans looking like the ersatz/pseudo/crypto/quasi rock star only he seems to think he is:

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31 Aug 2012 02:27

L'arriviste wrote:Rapha announcement

http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290,17553_8032258,00.html

Headline: Rapha Performance Roadwear will become the official clothing provider to Sky Pro Cycling from January 2013

Subheading: Deal clinched with poncey, overpriced, élitist, Fredwear firm gives haterz yet another reason to hate :D:D:D


Another reason to hate on UK Postal.
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31 Aug 2012 04:04

trompe le monde wrote:No, no, it's Fred Perry par Bradley Wigans

Here is a picture of Wigans looking like the ersatz/pseudo/crypto/quasi rock star only he seems to think he is:

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Perry is my guiding hand
Scooter polo sweeps the land.:D
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04 Sep 2012 07:28

speaking of hating rapha. .

in july i rode the L'etape (Act 1) - Albertville to La Toussuire .

i ordered the rapha jersey but got a size too big (L), i really should have ordered the M, silly me.

Aaaanyways, so they've sold out of Ms now so if anyone has a size M of this jersey in surplus and would like to sell it to me, i'd be really happy to take it off your hands.

:D
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20 Sep 2012 21:50

I can't be hating on Rapha (much). I bought some jerseys about 7 years ago and they're still going strong. Super durable. I wear them a lot, machine wash them, and hang them to dry. Still like new. Pricey, but the best value I've ever had in cycling clothing. (Alongside my Assos bibs from about the same vintage - best value ever by some margin)

Their marketing is an acquired taste, but I do like some of the photos, and TGRCOTP is a great book for anyone who has spent time cycling in the Pyrenees.
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20 Sep 2012 22:37

apparently levi's are now doing hipster cycling clothing along the lines of rapha.

No i have not got a link. not that interested, read the article online and cant find it again:D
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22 Sep 2012 02:14

Benotti69 wrote:apparently levi's are now doing hipster cycling clothing along the lines of rapha.

No i have not got a link. not that interested, read the article online and cant find it again:D


Having difficulty imagining Levi as a style icon.
Maybe there is a maket for longsleeved short armed skin suits.
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22 Sep 2012 02:17

simo1733 wrote:Having difficulty imagining Levi as a style icon.
Maybe there is a maket for longsleeved short armed skin suits.


Like denim cycling shorts? Ouch
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22 Sep 2012 02:36

mewmewmew13 wrote:Like denim cycling shorts? Ouch


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Claudio says, "Ouch!" But mostly from his wounded sense of Italian style.
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22 Sep 2012 03:18

BroDeal wrote:Image

Claudio says, "Ouch!" But mostly from his wounded sense of Italian style.


Oh ghod :o
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09 Nov 2012 01:18

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09 Nov 2012 06:12

2beeDammed wrote:http://internationale.teamjva.com/

Gold !


yes! LOL-ing for reals.
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09 Nov 2012 13:22

2beeDammed wrote:http://internationale.teamjva.com/

Gold !


thats a fave of mine, read the rides section. V funny
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19 Nov 2012 05:58

mmmm. . . . leftover pie.
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27 Nov 2012 14:27

Just took delivery of a Rapha Hardshell jacket and long sleeved merino base layer. I don't buy into their marketing/lifestyle vibe and so don't purchase their cycling clothing because of it. I buy Rapha gear (bases, bib, jackets and 3/4s) because of the quality of the finish and long lasting nature of the gear, that is why I pay the extra money. It is stylish to boot; simple and subtle.

Personally I don't get the hate. For those that do, don't just take it as read that anyone in rapha gear is a posing a'hole who takes him/herself too seriously – at least one person doesn't – me. And not being an a'hole I don't judge other people by the company that makes their gear.

teamjva is very funny through... who doesn't love a good parody.
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27 Nov 2012 16:42

2beeDammed wrote:http://internationale.teamjva.com/

Gold !


Just saw this!
Hilarious :D
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27 Nov 2012 21:25

Love some of the comments ...

'There’s even a story about an epic ride sewn inside one of the rear pockets (not shown). It’ll probably be made from Sportwool, the wool having come from sheep that graze on Alpe d’Huez or from Bernard Hinault’s private flock.'

http://road.cc/content/news/71023-paul-smith-design-rapha%E2%80%99s-team-sky-kit

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17 Dec 2012 06:20

87'Start wrote:Just took delivery of a Rapha Hardshell jacket and long sleeved merino base layer. I don't buy into their marketing/lifestyle vibe and so don't purchase their cycling clothing because of it. I buy Rapha gear (bases, bib, jackets and 3/4s) because of the quality of the finish and long lasting nature of the gear, that is why I pay the extra money. It is stylish to boot; simple and subtle.

Personally I don't get the hate. For those that do, don't just take it as read that anyone in rapha gear is a posing a'hole who takes him/herself too seriously – at least one person doesn't – me. And not being an a'hole I don't judge other people by the company that makes their gear.

teamjva is very funny through... who doesn't love a good parody.




Correct ..... had previously bought into the hate ..... but ....... a friend has a kit and bloody hell its awesome..... i have champagne tastes but only a beer budget so im along way off a full kit but definately going to aim at some... Id rather one extremely good kit without all the bull**** sponsors logo's than 4 average kits with sponsors that I cant relate too.

Start saving I guess as its bloody expensive.

I have lost the hate and know feel the love. :)
" DONT STAND ON MY DOG ........ " :mad:
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21 Dec 2012 13:33

Barracuda wrote:
I have lost the hate and know feel the love. :)


Well good for you. Not sure why a past time thats good for you, your town and the world can create so much hate and contention.

Stop hating! And free Hat!!
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21 Dec 2012 21:38

FignonLeGrand wrote: And free Hat!!


Wasn't Hat one of those baby killer types?
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